December 6, 2011
Ripley Lady Raider senior Jessica Foster is a 2011-12 IHSAA
Sportsmanship Athlete Role Model
Gary Franklin, Sports Editor
Out of a group of approximately 85 - 90 highly
recommended and talented student-athletes nominated statewide
for the selection to the 2011-12 IHSAA Sportsmanship Program,
six were selected. South Ripley Lady Raider senior Jessica Foster
(pictured at right) was named to that elite group.
The concept for the IHSAA 2011-12 Sportsmanship Program is:
"Does your attitude match your altitude?" In the IHSAA's
(Indiana High School Athletic Association) search for positive
role models for their 2011-12 Sportsmanship role model campaign,
three were submitted from South Ripley High School by athletic
director Deb Jett. They included: seniors Jessica Foster and
Kasey King and junior Trey Sparks.
The inception of the program began several years ago, when the
IHSAA identified the need within Indiana high schools to promote
good sportsmanship - not just among high school student-athletes,
but also among their fans, their parents and even their coaches.
Each summer the 360Group assists the IHSAA in creating an annual
campaign to promote positive sportsmanship. Student athletes
who exhibit the attributes of good sportsmanship are featured
in the campaign. Some of the basic criteria for nomination are:
Must exhibit good sportsmanship both on and off the field/court
and not hold any sportsmanship penalties or infractions; must
be a role model - someone whom their teammates admire and look
up to; must practice a healthy life-style; must be in good standing
academically and must be someone your school would be proud
to have representing it in a statewide program.
After selection, these student-athletes are asked to attend
a professional photo shoot. A few key photos are selected from
the photo shoot and applied to a poster and print ad layout.
The posters and print ads are distributed at the beginning of
the school year to each high school athletic department, along
with sportsmanship-themed radio public service announcements
- all materials carrying a consistent "positive sportsmanship"
message. The print ads are also used by the IHSAA in its tournament
print programs. Foster's photo was selected to be used as a
print ad and will be included in the upcoming IHSAA girls basketball
Congratulations to all three SRHS students on being nominated
and especially to Jessica Foster for being selected to elite
group of six.